Summer has come and gone. I had a rough start, but I am doing 100 times better since my shunt was put in four months ago. The shunt has been amazing. It has helped me so much and I am so glad to say that it has not given me one problem. If I had to do it all over again, I would. That really was the key to be feeling better. Okay, back to summer. I made it to the mountains 3 times and 1 of those times was alone with a friend for 4 days, Sunset Beach, Charleston, and at the end of the summer into the start of the school year for everyone I went to Florida for three weeks. I had so much fun everywhere, but Florida was amazing. I had independence and got to spend time with my family and best friend, Kelli. I was so sad to come home, but I had stuff here I needed to get done.
Now that I am home, I am doing what is 3 years over due.....driving! I have come so far in just the past four months. I am continuing to volunteer at preschool. It is off to a great start. We have such a sweet group of kids. I also, took the volunteer training at my moms school to help her out and will be starting that soon. Yesterday and today I babysat all day two of the most amazing kids that I meet through preschool two years ago. I had so much fun with them. They are all around great, loving and fun kids. So I am staying busy which helps a lot.
Overall, I believe that the shunt surgery really was the last piece of the puzzle for now of my healing. The fusion surgery saved my life, but the shunt gave me my life back. My memory is still very off. That is the only thing I would say that's not better. If anything, its worse. I would go through all 6 surgeries again if I had to. I have been giving advice and answering questions to fellow Chiarians and people with EDS. I am thankful I am able to do so. It is nice to give back. September is Chiari awareness month so wear your Team Emily shirts or your purple. Think of how much less time it would of taken to be diagnosed 3 years ago, if people where aware. ;)